Fig Parrot
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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  • An Australian Parrot
  • Scientific Name:  Cyclopsitta diopthalma
  • Common Name/s:  DOUBLE EYED FIG PARROTS =  COXEN'S FIG PARROT  C. d. coxeni.  RED BROWED FIG PARROT  C. d. macleayana,  MARSHALL'S FIG PARROT  C. d. marshalli.
  • Sub Species in Australia:  3
  • Origin / Distribution:  Queensland and New South Wales
  • Habitat In Wild:  Rain forests, open forests, mangroves.  Requires adequate supplies of flowering and fruits throughout the year.
  • Status In Wild:  Rare and endangered.
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity:  Rare
  • Age To Sexual Maturity:  Aviary birds = about 12 months
  • Lifespan (estimate):  approx. ? years
  • Sexing:  Monomorphic / Dimorphic
  • Mutations:  None
  • Availability:  Specialist breeders
  • Temperament:  Difficult to breed.
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $3000 for the Double eyed fig parrot.
  • Description Of Adults: Smaller than a budgie.
  1. Length: Approx. 140 mm (or approx. 5.5 inches)
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx. ? gms (or approx. ? ozs)

The Coxen's Fig Parrot does not exist in captivity.  Red Browed is held in captive populations.

Aviary Notes:

Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.

Government Regulations & By-Laws:  Refer to " Government Laws " web page.

Housing Requirements:  Refer to " Housing Birds " web page for general details on the housing of Australian Parrots or read on for specific details for this parrot.

Refer to article ABK Vol 16 Issue 11, Oct-Nov 2003 Page 638-643 (Red Browed ).

Non-toxic leafy branches can be placed in the aviary for the birds to chew up. This will entertain the birds, help minimize boredom and give the birds some beak exercise. Natural branches of various diameters, and placed at various angles, can be used for perches. These natural perches may be chewed by the birds and may need to be replaced regularly. The birds may chew any flowers and fruiting bodies on the branches.

Diet / Feeding:   Refer to " Feeding Birds " web page for general details on the feeding of Australian Parrots or read on for specific details for this parrot.

Refer to article ABK Vol 16 Issue 11, Oct-Nov 2003 Page 638-643 (Red Browed ).

Nesting:  A basic overview only.  Dimensions are typical / average and can vary widely, influenced by the owner's preferences and the birds preferences.  Parent bird's preferences can also be influenced by the size and type of nest-box / log in which the bird was hatched and reared.  If space allows, offering a choice of sizes and types of logs or nest-boxes, and placed in various locations within the aviary, can allow the parent birds to make their own choice.  Once a pair has chosen a specific nest-box/log and been successful in it, offer that one to them each breeding season.  Try and keep that one for their exclusive use.  Once a pair has chosen its log or nest-box, the other ones can generally be removed.  If the "spare" boxes are to be removed and moved to another flight, ensure the log / nest box is cleaned to ensure the receptacle has the minimal contamination of mites, parasites and pathogens.

All Australian parrots will breed in hollow logs.

  • Nesting months: August/September to December
  • Log / Nest-box:
    • Length / depth - mm (or approx. - inches)
    • Log internal diameter approx. - mm. (or approx. - inches)
    • Nest-box internal dimensions approx.- mm square (or approx. - inches square)
    • Diameter of entrance hole approx. 50 mm (or approx. 2 inches)
    • Inspection hole (square or round) 100mm (or approx 4 inches)
    • A removable top / lid can be a useful access point for inspections and for cleaning.
    • Location and height of log / nest-box ......
    • Angle of log or nest box ...
  • Nesting log / nest-box material: Decomposed non-toxic saw dust, wood shavings or other suitable material/s.
  • Who incubates the egg/s: Hen / cock / both share.

Refer to article ABK Vol 16 Issue 11 Oct-Nov 2000 Page 638-643 (Red Browed ).

More details on parrot nestboxes/logs and a selection of parrot nestbox/log photos can be found on the "nests", "parrot nests" and "parrot nestbox photos" web pages.  Click on "Up" then "Nests" then "parrot nests" and "parrot nestbox photos" in the navigation bars.

Breeding: Egg Colour White.  Clutch/s per year 1.  Eggs per nest  2 or 3.  Incubation approx. 18 days.  Fledge approx. 6 weeks.  Independent approx. another 7 - 8 weeks.

Best results have been achieved at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary with the Red Browed Fig Parrot.

Refer to article ABK Vol 16 Issue 11 Oct-Nov 2003 Page 638-643 (Red Browed ).

Artificial incubation and hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site.  It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.

Health Issues: Refer to "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.

  • Worming and parasite control and Quarantine requirements of new bird/s or sick bird/s are considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web site.  Refer "Avian Health Issues" web page option.
  • Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace.  Keep updating your knowledge and skills.

General References:  Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.

Specific References:

  • Australian Aviculture
  • A/A Vol 55 No. 9 Sept 2001 Page 196-197
  • A/A Vol 52 No. 5 May 1998 Page 119-120
  • A/A Vol 49 No. 8 Aug 1995 Page 177-180 (Macleay's Fig parrot)
  • A/A Vol 45 No. 7 July 1991 Page 166-167
  • A/A Vol 45 No. 1 Jan 1991 Page 16-19
  • A/A Vol 42 No. 6 Jun 1988 Page 133-134
  • A/A Vol 40 No. 4 Apr 1986 Page 94-98 (Inc photo)
  • A/A Vol 40 No. 4 Apr 1986 Page 98-99 (Coxen's)
  • A/A Vol 32 No. 6 Jun 1978 Page 87-91 (Inc photo)
  • A/A Vol 29 No. 3 Mar 1975 Page 33-34 (Red Browed)
  • A/A Vol 27 No. 8 Aug 1973 Page 144
  • Australian Birdkeeper
  • ABK Vol 18 Issue 12. Dec-Jan 2006 Page 758-763 (Double eyed fig parrot)
  • ABK Vol 18 Issue 11. Oct-Nov 2005 Page 662-664 (Orange breasted fig parrot)
  • ABK Vol 16 Issue 11. Oct-Nov 2003 Page 638-643 (Red Browed fig parrot).
  • ABK Vol 11 Issue 6. Dec-Jan 1999 Page 298
  • ABK Vol  5 Issue 3. Jun-July 1992 Page 118-124
  • ABK Vol  5 Issue 2. Apr-May 1992 Page 79-82
  • ABK Vol  1  Issue 3 Jun-July 1988 Page 88

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